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Sustainability Minor

McMaster’s Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability

To realize our mission, we strive to provide all McMaster students with the opportunity to take part in interdisciplinary, student-led, community-based, and experiential learning focused on sustainability. Achieving these objectives involves developing and fostering strong community connections, both within the University and the broader city of Hamilton.

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability is an opportunity for students to choose from a list of sustainability courses from Faculties across campus and tailor a minor to complement their undergraduate degree and education.

To learn more about the Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability and other programs offered by McMaster’s Academic Sustainability Programs Office (ASP), please visit the ASP website.

Discover our sustainable course offerings

At McMaster, we are devoted to the cultivation of human potential. We are committed to taking a collaborative approach to improving people’s lives, contributing to global knowledge and advancing the health and well-being of the world around us. This commitment to a brighter world extends outside of our research and laboratories and into our classrooms where we inspire and educate our students to positively contribute to the world around us.

To ensure that our students are gaining a truly interdisciplinary perspective of sustainably, McMaster offers over 70+ courses from Faculties across campus. Get a glimpse into our sustainable teaching environment at McMaster by exploring some of our course offerings below.

Introduction to Peace Studies (PEACEJUST 1A03)

An introduction to the discipline of peace research, focusing on the concepts of peace, war, security, conflict, violence and nonviolence, and examining the roles of values and ideologies in the attainment of peace.

Introduction to Sustainability (SUSTAIN 1S03)

An introduction to sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective which examines the historical and societal lenses through which sustainability is viewed. Students will learn terminology, theories and concepts to effectively communicate across disciplines and on various topics of sustainability.

Natural Disasters (EARTHSC 2GG3)

A study of natural processes including plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, river erosion and climate change and their impacts on human populations.

Environmentally Responsible Art (ART 2ER3)

This course focuses on environmentally sustainable studio production with a comprehensive approach that promotes understanding of how materials are manufactured, why they are selected, how they are used and implications of disposal. A student-centered approach will determine media use and concepts.

Business Environment and Organization (COMMERCE 1E03)

This course will examine the relationship between business organizations, their functional areas and the environments – social, political, legal, regulatory and technological – that affect them.

Population, Cities and Development (ENVSOCTY 1HB3)

An introduction to the study of relationships between people and their environments. The natural, built, social and economic environments are examined through human geography, urban studies, population and development studies, and environmental studies.

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